New Delhi: ‘If everybody starts blocking roads even when they have genuine grievances, where will that take us’, the Supreme Court asked while hearing the petitions against the anti-CAA agitation at Shaheen Bagh. The top court also appointed senior counsels Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran as the interlocutors and tasked them with the responsibility of talking to the protesters and find out if the protest can be lodged at another place. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Protesters Return to Their Tent After Police Stopped Them From Marching to Amit Shah’s Residence
“Democracy works on expression of views. But there are lines and boundaries. Blocking traffic and causing inconvenience is our concern. If everybody starts blocking roads, maybe due to genuine concerns, where does it stop”, a two judge SC bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said, reiterating that protesters can’t block roads. Also Read - Anti-CAA Protesters Begin March from Shaheen Bagh to Amit Shah’s Residence Despite Denial of Permission
The apex court was hearing a a bunch of pleas seeking directions to the authorities to remove the blockade on the Shaheen Bagh stretch, a main road connecting Kalindi Kunj and Noida. Also Read - CAA Stir: 'Uneducated, Poverty-stricken People Being Paid And Fed 'Biryani' Daily', BJP Leader's Derogatory Remarks Against Shaheen Bagh Protesters
“Our concern is limited. This is today one section of people, tomorrow there can be another section on a different situations. Everybody will be on roads”, the apex court bench observed. The next hearing in the case will be on February 24.
Notably, a large number of women, most of them mothers and grandmothers from the neighbourhood, have been sitting on a street in Shaheen Bagh for over a month now in the longest continuous protest against the amended citizenship legislation.